Kullman, Charles, American tenor; b. New Haven, Conn., Jan. 13, 1903; d. there, Feb. 8, 1983. He entered Yale Univ., and sang at the Yale Glee Club, and then took courses at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. After singing with the American Opera Co. in Rochester, N. Y, he went to Berlin, where he made his European debut on Feb. 24, 1931, as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Kroll Opera. He sang at the Berlin State Opera (1932–35); also appeared at the Vienna State Opera, at the Salzburg Festivals, and at Covent Garden in London (1934–36). On Dec. 19, 1935, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Gounod’s Faust. He remained on the roster of the Metropolitan until 1960. His repertoire comprised over 30 roles. He scored a signal success in the role of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. From 1956 to 1971 he taught at the Ind. School of Music in Bloomington.
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